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Welcome to the Frederick County Forestry Board (FCFB) Web site.
The contents of each page on our site is briefly described below the 'Spotlight" section. From any page in this site you can access any other page by using the FCFB site navigator found in the upper left column. The lower left column of each page contains links to other Web sites that relate to FCFB page content. You can contact us from any page by using the link provide at the bottom of every page. During the Gypsy Moth spraying endeavor the first section of this home page will be a daily status update on spraying.
We hope that you enjoy and benefit from visiting our Web site. If you have feedback about this site (e.g., corrections or suggestions) please contact our Webmaster, Tyson Rose (FrederickCountyForestryBoard@gmail.com).
You can also contact the Frederick County Forestry Board using the information below:
Frederick County Forestry Board
8602 Gambrill Park Road
Frederick, MD 21702
Executive Secretary, Michael Kay
301-473-8417, 301-473-8577 (FAX)
Visit the Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards offices for a listing of all Maryland county offices (includes mailing addresses and phone numbers).
The Frederick County Forestry Board Calendar page includes official Frederick County Forestry Board activities as well as related events or activities of potential interest for forestry oriented residents in other counties of Maryland.
The Frederick County Forestry Board is dedicated to the forested lands in Frederick County. Go to our Our mission page to learn our purpose and the ways we support the community in promoting forestry concerns.
Are you interested in participating in a state sponsored stewardship of your forested land? Go to our Forest stewardship page to learn about the benefits and responsibilities of this worthwhile program.
Visit the Education programs page to learn about classroom, workshops, demonstrations, training, lectures, seminars and other types of education about forestry in the area. The FCFB Spotlight section above also contains links to recent or future educational events.
The Timber harvest page is a source of information for timber harvest plans, inspections and related topics.
The spring of 2008 will see a major infestation of Gypsy moth larvae to many areas in Frederick County. Many concerned Frederick County land owners attended a FCFB workshop on the Gypsy moth in November and have banded together to combat the problem. Go to the Gypsy moth suppression page to learn more.
Go to the Board members page to see a listing of the 2009 FCFB membership. This page also contains highlights from the latest board meeting ('Board Briefs'). To contact the FCFB use the 'Contact us' link found at the bottom of every page in our Web site.
Visit our Newsletter page to download our printed FCFB Newsletter (the current issue as well as past issues). To be added to the newsletter mailing distribution you can contact us and ask to be added to our newsletter mailing list.
The Field trials page contains forestry research result reports for studies conducted locally.
On the Big tree program page you can read about national and state champion tree in Frederick County. Pictures of these magnificent giants are also shown.
The Forest favorites page contains short articles by FCFB members about some of their favorite inhabitants of the forest ... flora and fauna.
The Forestry practices page contains articles intended to provide guidance to landowners who wish to undertake common forestry practices like tree planting, weed control, timber stand improvements, and commercial timber sales.
The Stronghold's demonstration forest page describes the Forestry Demonstration area at Stronghold which provide visitors with a visual representation of common forest harvest practices, as well as displaying a long-term comparative view of forest development resulting from these activities.
The Ecological communities and woodland wildvlife habitats page contains articles about various Frederick County landscapes written by Mike Kay.
The Sustaining Frederick’s Forests - 2012 lecture series page contains information about a series of free lectures held at the C. Burr Artz Library in downtown Frederick on the first Thursday of each month from March until August 2012 conducted by the Frederick County Forestry Board. These informal discussions featured talks by guest experts on subjects including managing backyard trees, getting involved in local conservation organizations, and threats to our natural resources.
Next Meeting of the Frederick County Forestry Board
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Forestry Board will be held at the Ranger Station in Gambrill State Park (8602 Gambrill Park Road Frederick, MD 21702) on Monday December 12th beginning at 7:00 pm.
Thurmont Community Park tree planting
Saturday November 5, 2016
The Maryland DNR, Town of Thurmont maintenance personnel assisted by volunteers from the Frederick County Forestry Board (Mike Kay, Tom Anderson, Claude Eans) the Thurmont Green Team and other volunteers planted twenty-five trees in the Thurmont Community Park on Saturday.
On this warm sunny day the trees were planted to replace a number of mature Ash trees that are being killed by the invasive Emerald Ash Borer insect. The trees planted were a mix of Serviceberry, Maple and Oak that will mature to provide shade and food sources for birds and animals. Many hands and the pre-drilled holes made by Thurmont maintenance personnel enabled easy and satisfying work of the planting. The Thurmont maintenance personnel also provided trucks to haul the trees, necessary tools, water and mulch to the planting sites.Becky Wilson, DNR Forester, is supervising and a young person is compacting the soil around the planted tree rootball while Green Team member Christine Macabee (wearing a ball cap) attends. (Photo by Claude Eans)
(Photo by Claude Eans)
Many young persons enjoyed the effort and did their share of the work while learning how to properly plant the potted trees. Instructions were provided by Becky Wilson, DNR Forester who also supervised the progress of the project offering suggestions and showing the proper depth and preparation of the trees. The trees were planted to the appropriate depth, the root balls were released, the trees watered, mulched and bio-degradable tree shelters were installed to prevent damage by rabbits.
Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees
A global study finds trees can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answers. To read more visit the article in the Smithsonian Magazine link below:
Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees
CONTROLLING INVASIVE PLANTS
Tuesday, March, 15, 2016 at the Thurmont Regional Library
Approximately 50 people were in attendance.
Invasive plants are those that are not native to an area and which have a tendency to spread and cause damage to the environment, economy, and health. The spread of invasive plants throughout our forests, meadows, and open areas has been cited as one of the most serious environmental issues we face. Because these plants have few natural controls they have the potential to overrun native communities, negatively impact local wildlife populations, denude our waterways, and some have been linked to serious health issues.
This program provided information on how to identify these plants, describe control options for home and landowners, and identify local resources for assistance.
This program was sponsored by the Frederick County Forestry Board. Its mission is to promote the conservation, stewardship, and sustainable use of the forest resources of Frederick County through education.
About the presenters:
Kerrie Kyde is an Invasive Plant Ecologist for the Maryland Natural Heritage Program, Wildlife and Heritage Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She is responsible for assessment, control and monitoring of invasive plants and the ecological problems they cause on public land owned by DNR, about 475,000 acres. She manages the new Statewide Eyes program, involving Maryland citizens in invasive plant identification, mapping and ultimately, control. She works closely with other units within DNR to help control invasive plants, Maryland Park Service and Maryland Forest Service.
Mike Kay is a Registered Professional Forester working for the MD Forest Service. In this position, Mike helps implement the Forest Stewardship Program, tree planting initiatives, Urban Forestry programs, and forest fire suppression. Mike serves as the Project Manager for the Washington – Frederick Project concentrating most of his time in Frederick County. One of the most pleasant parts of the job is working as the Executive Secretary of the Frederick County Forestry Board.
Big Tree Measurements
Big tree program page. (Photo by Ginny Brace)
(Photo by Tyson Rose)
FCFB member Steve Thrasher measures a Horse Chestnut in downtown Frederick.
FCFB members Steve Thrasher (left) and Claude Eans (right) along with Matthew Witmer (Frederick County Government Intern) measure a swamp oak in Walkersville.
Matthew Witmer (Frederick County Government Intern) stand before a large black locust in Thurmont.
Two new Frederick County Big Tree Champions belong to FCFB President Keith Schoonover of Smithsburg.
Northern Red Oak
CIRCUMFERENCE: FEET: 14’ 7” HEIGHT: 97.5’
CIRCUMFERENCE: FEET: 14’ 0” INCHES: 168” HEIGHT: 117’
AVERAGE CROWN WIDTH: 91’ x 45.5’ = 69’
FCFB member Ginny Brace was awarded the 2016 Mel Award for outstanding service and dedication as a forestry board member for Frederick County over the many years before retiring from the board in March.
Steve Thrasher of the Frederick County Forestry Board was awarded the 2015 Mel Award.
Steve Thrasher and his Mel award (photos by Jim Arnold)
Coping with Emerald Ash Borer in 2015 and beyond
Sponsored by the Frederick County Forestry Board and the Fox Haven Learning Center
March 19, 2015
Fox Haven Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Road
Jefferson, MD 21755
Emerald Ash Borer is a destructive insect that was first discovered in Michigan in June, 2002. This insect has decimated ash trees in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and part of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Emerald Ash Borer (Courtesy photo)
Emerald Ash Borer has now been found throughout Central Maryland including Frederick County. Information about what you can do to manage your landscapes or forests for this serious pest was presented. A team of local experts were on hand to describe the threat, explain what steps you can take, answer questions that had and point them in the direction of individuals and agencies that could offer assistance.
Driscoll) registered over 40 attendees to the presentation.
Aaron Cook, MD Forest Service, presents how to manage EAB in the forest.
MD Forest Service, discusses how to decide what the property owners should to do once EAB invests their trees.
After the presentations were completed the panel of speakers addressed questions from the audience.
The 2015 Scout Merit Badge Event program is scheduled for October 24, 2015 at the Walkersville Watershed. See the article below to learn about this well received program offered through the FCFB. Look for more 2015 announcement information in this space as as the scheduled date approaches.
Boy Scout Forestry Merit Badge Event at Walkersville Watershed on October 11, 2014
article and photos by Claude Eans
The Frederick County Forestry Board and Maryland DNR Foresters have completed another Forestry Merit Badge Day for the Scouts. The day dawned with rain falling and after a long night of watching the weather a decision was taken to undertake the project despite the weather. Over eighty Scouts and parents participated and everyone seemingly enjoyed the day.
Department of Natural Resources Foresters, Hailu Sharew and Mike Kay manned their Watershed Management and Forester Stations respectively. Hailu explained the techniques used to manage a watershed for healthy forest and clean air and water. He explained specifically how this was done for the Walkersville Watershed where the event was held. Mike Kay explained and demonstrated several techniques used by a Forester to measure and quantify the forest environment. Among other things Mike explained how to identify a specific member of the Red Oak Tree Family and how to properly measure it. These things were interesting and will hopefully encourage some future Forester.
Forester Mike Kay discusses the duties of a forester
Forester Hailu Sharew explains watershed management
Forestry Board Members Heather Montgomery and Jim Arnold provided instruction and group participation in Ecology. They explained the interaction between the forest and its plant and animal inhabitants. The Scouts were also busy inspecting under rocks for forest dwelling plants, insects and salamanders. These were found on the damp forest floor and are an indication of a healthy forest dwelling for these creatures. They also explained the benefits of having a healthy forest which retains and slows rainwater runoff providing this habitat and aiding in providing clean air and water. Heather and Jim did an excellent job of instilling knowledge and getting the participation of the Scouts in this activity.
Heather Montgomery and Jim Arnold discuss ecology
A requirement of the Forestry Merit Badge, one of the oldest Merit Badges, is to learn to identify fifteen species of trees. Explaining how to do this and getting the Scouts to participate, obtain samples and annotate their workbooks with the information obtained was a task performed by Andy Driscoll and Vince Perrotta. They presented a total of 20 tree species and explained in detail how to identify them using basic techniques as to classification of evergreen or deciduous and the characteristics of the tree bark, leaves, structure and habitat. Another valuable lesson was which are native and which are invasive species. An explanation was provided detailing how invasive species are a definite threat to the environment by destroying the habitat and preventing the growth and propagation of native species. They also explained how the wood products are used and the benefits to wildlife and the environment of each species of tree they presented.
Andy Driscoll identifies a flowering dogwood
At the "Wood" station, Forestry Board members Steve Thrasher with assistant Tom Anderson provided scouts with hands on identification of 14 tree species through close examination of slices of each tree. Four sets of these tree 'cookies,' a set for each of the 4 picnic tables used by the scouts, were cut about 2 inches thick by Steve for the event, and were about 6" to 14" in diameter including the bark. The scouts brainstormed about uses for each type of tree, value to wildlife or in plantings, and on what things are made from the wood. Discussion with the scouts also included timber harvesting and sawmill operations and wood pilings and their use to support piers, buildings and even city areas as in New Orleans or Venice. The most interest seemed to come from having scouts stand on boards supported at the ends to demonstrate breaking strength of the boards either lengthwise with the wood grain or across the wood grain.
Forestry Board member, Claude Eans and Scout leader Melissa Udbinac coordinated activities between the Scouts and presenters. Melissa documented the participation, provided the scheduling and kept the activities running on schedule.
Towards the end of the activity rain completely ceased, the sun came out and the Watershed was cleaned up and all secured. Another successful Merit Badge Day was accomplished.
Discover Your Woods by Claude Eans (photos by Laura Perrotta)
Forestry Board member Steve Thrasher and his wife Jolene, hosted a 'Discover Your Woods' field event sponsored by the American Tree Farm System. The event was held on October 4th at the beautiful Thrasher family Tree Farm in Jefferson MD.
Steve Thrasher welcomes
Over forty persons attended the event. The purpose was to acquaint landowners having forest acreage with sources of information regarding forestry practices and available resources for assistance in the enhancement of their forest land and techniques for renewable forestry practices. The agenda included information about improving wildlife habitat, the availability and use of the CREP program. This is the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program which is voluntary and removes environmentally sensitive areas from farm or other production to meet specific needs and compensates the land owner for the loss of revenue or other use of the land for a specific period of time. The contract is in some cases renewable and is a valuable environmental conservation tool.
A Thrasher family graveyard dating back to the 1700s located on the property was shown and discussed by Nancy Cherry, Steve’s sister. Historical site consideration is a requirement of the Tree Farm Certification Program.
Nancy Cherry discusses historic graveyard
The Maryland Big Tree Program was explained and discussed. A beautiful Hackberry Tree on the property was measured by participants to demonstrate the techniques used to score trees. This particular tree is a Frederick County champion.
Mike Kay demonstrates tree measurement
A discussion was held regarding identification and control of invasive plant species was conducted by Tim Pry, Frederick Weed Control.
Tim Pry discusses invasive species and control
An enjoyable woods walk was held which discussed stewardship programs, cost share programs, the new cerulean warbler habitat restoration initiative and timber merchantability. This was presented by Professional Foresters and Western Maryland DNR Foresters and a wildlife expert.
Steve Thrasher demonstrated turning logs into saw timber with his portable sawmill.
Steve Thrasher shows portable saw mill
A catered lunch was served and a number of decorative and useful door prizes were given out to complete the program.
The success of the program was greatly enhanced by participation of volunteer members of the Frederick County Forestry Board, the Maryland Tree Farm Committee and the Maryland DNR.
Tree Farmer of the Year award
Woodsboro Tree Planting Saturday, April 12, 2014
Jim Arnold, Mike Kay, Dr. Hailu Sharew, and Aaron Cook helped facilitate the planting of 1,800 trees at Woodsboro Park along with about 100 volunteers from the Scouts, Lions Club International, and assorted volunteers from around the county. They established about 4.0 acres of new plantings and filled in about 1.0 acre previous plantings where a tree was missing. The planting began at 8:00 am and concluded by 11:00 am when we all enjoyed a lunch provided by Trout’s store.
Scouts and their helpers planting tree seedlings in the park
Neighborhood Green Program
Beginning in summer 2014, Frederick County's Office of Sustainability & Environmental Resources (OSER) will be offering an expanded Neighborhood Green program to help eligible landowners create personalized plans for their properties that include native species of trees, shrubs, and grasses; beautiful rain gardens; water-saving rain barrels, and more!
Visit the Neighborhood Green Web site to learn more about the program and see pictures of the tree planting activities by program participants.
Tree Farm Inspector of the Year - Mike Kay
Maryland Tree Farm committee members and DNR Foresters were in Annapolis
Maryland to distribute Redbud tree seedlings to Maryland House and Senate personnel to celebrate Arbor Day, April 2nd, 2014. In addition Tree Farm and Maryland State Appreciation certificates were presented in the House Chamber to Richard and Kathy Abend, Maryland Tree Farmers of the Year by Delegate Eckhardt. In the Senate Chamber, Tree Farm Inspector of the Year certificate was presented to DNR Forester Mike Kay by Senator Brinkley. (Photo by Dave Gailey)
Interesting Photos from the Forest
Keith took these pictures of American ginseng he found in Frederick County but he won't say exactly where ... smile.
Send us (firstname.lastname@example.org) your forest photos. Include a picture caption describing the scene content and locale.
Natural Resources Careers Camp (NRCC) is a great summer opportunity for Maryland high school students who are interested in forests, wildlife, or natural resources. At NRCC, students learn about a wide range of forest, wildlife and natural resources topics with challenging hands-on lessons. They explore careers through field and classroom experiences led by professionals currently working in the field. College credit is available from Allegany College of Maryland, and “college night” brings representatives of colleges and university from around the region to camp to meet with students one-on-one.
Responding to an overwhelming need for transportation and educational programming funding from parks and schools nationwide, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, created the Ticket To Ride program. With support from Disney, Ticket to Ride provides financial resources for transportation, in-park educational programming, and meals that make national park field trips possible for schools across the country. This year, Catoctin Mountain Park was selected to receive a Ticket to Ride grant in order to bring 550 students to Catoctin Mountain Park. Nationwide, over $230,000 in Ticket to Ride grants will make it possible for more than 30,000 students to experience their local national park this fall.
At Catoctin, high school students, selected by their teachers for capability and enthusiasm, will assist Park Rangers and volunteers guiding middle school and younger students on explorations focused on human impact on water quality and other topics relevant to that group’s science curriculum. Partner schools will bring urban and rural students from multiple counties, providing the first National Park visit for a large percentage of students, all of whom live within 35 miles of the park. Sadly, there is no public transportation in the area, so many may not have the means to make return visits to Catoctin, increasing the importance and impact of this journey.
'Fourteen new Big Trees in county' - Read the Frederick News-Post article entitled 'Fourteen new Big Tree in county' to learn about this major update to Frederick County's champion big trees on our FCFB Big tree program page .
Trees linked to less crime, research finds
These informal discussions were conducted on the first Thursday of every month between March through August in 2012. They featured talks by guest experts on subjects including managing backyard trees, getting involved in local conservation organizations, and threats to our natural resources. Details about each of the lectures are available on the Sustaining Frederick’s Forests - 2012 lecture series page of this Web site.
Frederick County’s champion white oak tree has grown in Braddock Heights for an estimated 350 years. To learn more see the article in the FNP entitled "Casting a broad shadow: Braddock Heights white oak makes state registry".
Braddock Heights white oak (Photo by Adam Fried)
Visit the FCFB Big tree program page to learn more about big trees in Frederick County and Maryland.
Just weeks after it turned up in Howard County, the emerald ash borer has been detected in Anne Arundel and Allegany counties.
Maryland agriculture officials have responded by placing all Maryland counties west of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay under quarantine. Movement of ash wood and trees, and all hardwood firewood out of the zone is banned, and all movement of hardwood firewood within the zone is discouraged. "Buy it where you burn it," officials urged.
The quarantine is "the best way to secure Maryland's Eastern Shore, where EAB has not been found to date, and protect our riparian forest buffer plantings," said state Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance. While federal, state and local authorities continue to search for better controls on the pest, he added, "we rely upon cooperation from the community to follow the quarantine restrictions, not move firewood and to report signs of possible infestation."
The emerald ash borer is an Asian invader first detected in Maryland in 2003, in Prince George's County. It reached Charles County five years later, and was found in Howard County last month. Fatal to ash trees, the insect typically kills its host within three years.
Baltimore City has the state's largest population of ash trees, with an estimated 293,000 trees. There are an estimated six million in the city and surrounding counties. Removal of dead trees can cost between $1,000 and $2,000 each. Federal authorities have estimated financial losses in the Baltimore area alone could reach $227 million if the insect becomes established there.
Julie Oberg, spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture, said the pest's spread to Baltimore and the rest of Maryland west of the bay now appears likely.
Do I need to get a logging permit?
Under the spreading Chestnut tree ...
The might American Chestnut once graced the entire east coast of the US but then fell victim to a blight. Could it be returning? Have you seen the test planting near Sugarloaf Mountain and other areas? A recent Washington Post article entitled 'The mighty American chestnut tree, poised for a comeback' discusses the possibility of a return of this wonderful American tree.
How to plant a tree seedling
Past Nature Notes
Use the following links to view past Nature Notes (large documents).
Past Nature Notes from July 2008 through 2010
Past Nature Notes for 2011